AARON RAMSEY says Arsenal are ditching their image as the Premier League's pretty boys.

The influential Gunners' star reckons Arsene Wenger's men have shown they can do the ugly stuff.

For too long now, Wenger's men have been seen as a side who can attack at will but struggle to dig in when it matters.

But Sunday's shock 2-0 victory at champions Manchester City saw Ramsey and his side show a side to their game that many doubted they had in their locker.

The Gunners are now just three points behind third-placed Southampton after throwing City's title challenge off track.

Ramsey said: "We have shown what we are capable of doing.

"We are going to have chances in games because we are a team that can always create opportunities to score.

"So the important thing is to defend as a team and stop them from scoring because if we can keep a clean sheet, like we did against City, we are always going to have a chance to win.

"I thought it was a very complete performance from us.

"We defended really well as a team, were really hard to break down and we kept forcing them out wide instead of the positions that David Silva and players like that like to take up in behind the midfield.

"We eliminated that threat. It was important to get a win away from home against a big team.

"We have always been confident coming into these kind of games but we have been a bit too open in the past and have paid the price for that."

The Welsh ace believes it was important for the gunners to show they can be a force away from The Emirates.

"Manchester City have made this place a fortress over the years," he said.

"Not many teams come away with three points so we are delighted with the way we went about it and we are happy we closed the gap.

"We have to take every game as it comes. There is still a long way to go. Many teams are taking points off each other.

He added: "We will just have to concentrate on our own game and hopefully go on a big run and see where that takes us at the end."

"It was important to win because all the other teams won. The pressure was on us against City."

Title talk is still a massive long-shot with The Gunners 13 points off the leaders, but a Champions League spot is well and truly on now.

Ramsey said: "We have been in this position before where we have been in a fight for fourth place and that will only help us.

"We know what to expect and we know what we have to do to achieve that.

"We've got a lot to play for this year so hopefully now we can build on this performance and that will give us even more confidence going into the business end of the season."

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